The Bookworm Literary Festival is – like Beijing itself – a picture of unfaltering growth. Now entering its tenth installment, the yearly event bears many of the characteristics of a burgeoning city: more overseas visitors, greater choice and inevitable urban sprawl (events are now also hosted at other venues including The Opposite House and the nearby cafe, iQiyi).
From humble beginnings in 2007, the festival program now includes over 300 events and more than 100 authors from China and abroad. Alongside the usual book talks, this year’s lineup features workshops, panels, dinners and children’s events.
In sum, we recommend that you check out the full schedule below – you’re bound to find something you’re interested in. We certainly did, and over the next two weeks you can find interviews with some of (who we think are) the most interesting speakers at this year’s festival.
Tickets for their talks (and all the others) are available at The Bookworm or through Yoopay, but we also have plenty of tickets to give away to lucky readers. Keep a close eye on our website (www.thatsmags.com/beijing) and our WeChat account (username: Thats_Beijing) for regular ticket giveaways throughout the festival, which runs from March 11 to 27.
Tickets can only be purchased at The Bookworm or online via Yoopay. (Please note that a limited number of tickets are made available online; please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6503 2050 for inquiries.) Unless otherwise stated, The Bookworm cannot take phone or email reservations.
Over the next two weeks, we'll be publishing interviews with some of the authors speaking at the 10th Annual Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival. Stay tuned...
On the Frontline of Urbanization with David Bandurski, by Oscar Holland (Wednesday, March 9)
A Brief Encounter with A Yi, by Dominique Wong (Thursday, March 10)
Bad Feminist Author Roxane Gay is a Bad Email Responder, by Noelle Mateer (Event cancelled)
'Cool Story, Bro:' An Interview with David Hill, by Dominique Wong (Monday, March 14)
Xinran: A One-Child Mother on the Two-Child Policy, by Noelle Mateer (Wednesday, March 16)
Eimear McBride: A Girl is a Fully-formed Novel, by Noelle Mateer (Friday, March 18)
A Rough Guide to a Mercenary with David Leffman, by Oscar Holland (Monday, March 20)
The World of Larry Feign, by Dominique Wong (Tuesday, March 21)
Tim Clissold on What the West Can Learn from China, by Oscar Holland (Wednesday, March 22)
We are giving away pair of tickets to a prechosen Festival event almost every day from Sunday. That's 13 days of literary madness and, better yet, there's something for everyone: Authors range from 'Bad Feminist' Roxane Gay to Chinese writers A Yi and Shuang Xuetao, while topics include journalists covering conflict and writing science fiction and fantasy, among others.
For your chance to win, follow us on WeChat (ID: Thats_Beijing) or scan the QR code below and we'll send out competition details over the coming weeks.